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• Posted by: JJ Hinrichs   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, January 7, 2007, at 12:06 p.m.
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Dark City: (Trevor Jones) This is one the most unfairly underrated scores of 1998. Dark City was for me one of the better movies in all 1998. It created an atmosphere in its setting that rivals, and ultimately exceeds those of Batman and The Crow (And it had a great story). Interestingly, The Crow was also a film directed by Alex Proyas. I could not believe that this film was completely original and NOT based on some dark comic book hero. Mr. Proyas has created with the film an unsettling look at alien abduction. The hero is as much a victim of the Strangers as anyone else, except that he has developed an ability called tuning, which manifests whatever the wielder wants, be it a door forming in a brick wall or creating an earthlike atmosphere in the middle of space. This is a great movie that keeps you guessing from the first minute on. How do you get to Shell Beach? No one knows the answer. When's the last time you remember seeing the Sun? I can't say for sure. Much of the mood must be credited with Trevor Jones music that is unrelenting in its suspenseful nature. If you see the film, you will notice that Jones' score almost NEVER goes unplayed throughout the entirety of the film. This music has a big powerful main theme, that is basically orchestral hits, supplemented with synths, that appears when the strangers are on screen. The music is constantly dark. Track 9 introduces the listener to the great love theme, albeit understated here. A secondary motif for the Strangers appears in track 10 in the form of running sixteenth notes.This eventually builds up to an neat climax at 2 minutes. The rest of the score is continuously dark. I think the music is great. I guess I'm a fan of dark music.

The first half of the release is is made up of 6 rock songs 2 of which appeared in the movie, 1 in the trailers for the movie, and the other 3 are just filler. They aren't bad actually, but my purpose is to talk about the score. The last track, You Have the Power, is worth the price you pay for the CD. It starts out with the pulsing synths followed by a fast version of the main theme, with the secondary motif also playing above the synths. This is basically orchestral rock 'n' roll. I love it. Your senses are bombarded by the climactic battle that takes place on screen. There is a full 5 minutes of this pounding music, culminating in an organ climax that is just extremely powerful. I don't use that term loosely, either. The last 6 minutes of this track is a meditation on the beautiful, yet dark love theme. It's a desperate sort of theme, reflecting the emotional pains Rufus Sewell and Jennifer Connelly deal with as they struggle to know their true identity. I whole-heartedly recommend the movie and the score. MUCH underrated. But, do be warned, many of you will find it not terribly entertaining, but let it grow on you. I wish we had more of Jones' score, but what there is will suffice. Get it for the last track, if for no other reason. ****






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